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Rankings & Honors

  • Recognized by U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2017 as a national Tier 1 leader for Employment Law—Management, Labor Law—Management, and Litigation—Labor & Employment
  • Employment attorneys ranked as leading lawyers in their fields by Chambers USA/Global
  • Ranked by Law360 as an Employment 100 firm
  • National and metropolitan honors from publications like Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and other directories and publications


We manage the short- and long-term immigration aspects of hiring and retaining foreign national talent so that employers can build a workforce that will carry them into the future.

Our approach

In the coming years, companies competing in the global marketplace will increasingly depend on the skills and expertise of talent from around the world. Individuals will continue to seek the relative stability of the U.S. for investment and domicile.

We streamline and manage the processes associated with employing foreign nationals in the U.S., helping our clients to navigate the bureaucratic maze of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of Labor and the Department of State.

We’ve helped employers to secure non-immigrant visas and green cards for employees from nearly every country in the world. So whether you’re looking to hire your first foreign national employee or your hundredth, we’ve got you covered.

And if you’re an entrepreneur or investor, we have the experience that you will need to travel through the maze to get your initial investor visa or your green card.

Who we work with

  • U.S. organizations looking to hire foreign nationals
  • Foreign companies expanding operations in the U.S. and transferring key foreign employees
  • Investors and entrepreneurs
  • NAFTA Professionals from Canada and Mexico
  • Foreign artists, athletes and entertainers coming to the U.S. to perform or compete

Representative experience

  • Advise regional center projects from I-526 approvals through I-829 filings for its EB-5 investors.
  • Represent foreign corporations seeking to expand operations to the U.S. obtain E and L visas for critical foreign employees; advise multinational clients on strategy to obtain blanket L qualification for worldwide subsidiaries.
  • Strategize with companies affected by the H-1B visa cap regarding alternatives; help employers navigate transition to H-1B status of foreign national students employed in OPT status pursuant to cap-gap and STEM extensions.
  • Facilitate employment of NAFTA Professionals in TN visa status.
  • Obtain P visas for foreign artists, athletes and entertainers coming to the U.S. to perform or compete.
  • Counsel clients on the impact of complex corporate organizational changes on employment authorization of foreign national employees.
  • Assist companies in obtaining permanent resident status for key foreign national employees including:
    • Strategic advice regarding the different employment-based categories and employee’s eligibility;
    • Representation before the U.S. Department of Labor in PERM labor certification processes; and
    • Preparation of immigrant petitions to USCIS in all employment-based categories and related adjustment of status applications.
  • Represent investors seeking temporary E visas or permanent EB-5 green cards with all aspects of their investment.
  • Provide training to human resources personnel regarding Form I-9 employment eligibility verification compliance and best practices.
  • Conduct I-9 audits and advise of necessary corrections for clients ranging from publicly held companies with 10,000+ I-9s to small independently owned farms and companies.
  • Represent clients subject to government investigations into immigration-related compliance issues.

Media Clips

  • Pro Bono Spotlight
    Daily Record | June 9, 2015
    Rochester Immigration and Private Clients senior counsel Patti Morrison is named on a list of attorneys on the May Honor Roll for her pro bono service.


It's H-1B cap season again. Get 'em while you can!
Immigration Law Alert | January 11, 2017

Moving Forward: The Trump Administration and the 115th Congress
November 17, 2016

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What's new on the Form I-9? What direction is enforcement taking?
Immigration Law Alert | November 17, 2016

Donald Trump's immigration policies and impacts on U.S. employers: Separating campaign rhetoric from reality
Immigration Law Alert | November 14, 2016

Trumping U.S. labor and employment law
Employment Law Alert | November 14, 2016

How do the I-797, visa stamp, PED and I-94 expiration dates work?
Immigration Law Alert | November 7, 2016

New travel requirement for Chinese nationals traveling to the U.S. using a 10-year visitor visa
Immigration Law Alert | November 4, 2016

F-1 to H-1B employees: Are your FICA and Medicare payroll taxes correct?
Immigration Alert | September 29, 2016

Diversity Green Card Lottery (DV-2018)
Immigration Law Alert | September 22, 2016

STEM OPT: Add an additional seven months by August 8, 2016
Immigration Law Alert | August 2, 2016

Brexit: Considerations for U.S. employers
Employment Law Alert | June 29, 2016

Coming to America? Travel to the U.S. without a visa no longer possible for some individuals from visa waiver countries
Immigration Law Alert | February 1, 2016

H-1B season is upon us—there won't be enough to go around
Immigration Law Alert | January 20, 2016

Visa free travel restrictions ahead for U.S. visitors
Immigration Law Alert | December 9, 2015

What's happening with I-9 audits?
Immigration Law Alert | November 4, 2015

Diversity Green Card Lottery (DV-2017)
Immigration Alert | September 30, 2015

F-1 to H-1B employees: Are you handling FICA and Medicare payroll taxes correctly?
Immigration Law Alert | September 28, 2015

Changes to the Department of State's Visa Bulletin provide flexibility for individuals stuck in lengthy green card processes
Immigration Law Alert | September 10, 2015

Be aware: significant delays in getting your visa issued at U.S. consulates
Immigration Alert | June 18, 2015

Employers: expedite approvals of your employment-based nonimmigrant visas
Immigration Alert | May 7, 2015

Employment authorization extended to certain H-4 dependent spouses
Immigration Alert | February 25, 2015

H-1B visas will be available again in April, but there won't be enough to go around
Immigration Alert | January 29, 2015

The New AB 60 Driver's License for Undocumented Individuals in California
Immigration Alert | January 21, 2015

The political fight moves to the courts: 17 states challenge the constitutionality of President Obama's immigration executive order
Immigration Alert | December 4, 2014

What does the president's immigration directive mean for U.S. businesses and highly skilled foreign nationals?
Immigration Alert | November 21, 2014

Diversity Green Card Lottery (DV-2016)
Immigration Alert | September 24, 2014

Demand for EB-5 investor visas by Chinese applicants exhausts annual supply
Immigration Law Alert | August 29, 2014

Plan ahead: Visa issuance delays continue to plague U.S. consulates around the world
Immigration Alert | August 1, 2014

Still considering a voluntary disclosure to the IRS? This may be a good time to do it.
Tax Alert | April 1, 2014

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